From NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support
In an effort to tackle some of the Navy’s most complex supply chain challenges, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is aggressively evaluating its utilization of existing logistics management systems. NAVSUP WSS is investing heavily in innovative information technology (IT) solutions to advance supply chain digital initiatives and streamline its business through a program known as Logistics Cell (LOGCELL). The innovative concept brings together multiple stakeholders, both physically and virtually, to collectively and dramatically compress the time it takes to identify and solve problems that affect naval readiness. It also serves to provide a common operating picture by fusing together multiple data sources in a way problem areas can quickly be identified and addressed.
The LOGCELL initiative supports High-Velocity Learning (HVL) which is among the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson’s Lines of Effort to help achieve the mission priorities outlined in the Navy’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.
In 2017, NAVSUP WSS expanded the LOGCELL concept to align metrics to Fleet readiness and create a single version of the truth to aid timely decision making and streamline logistics processes. LOGCELL hit go live production for its IT solution and loaded more than 100,000 aviation components into the website database for display.
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In 2017, NAVSUP WSS and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) 6.7 used the LOGCELL concept and toolset in a new type of supply chain end to end (E2E) review. The E2E warns supply chain segment owners when performance does not support achievement of mission capable or full mission capable goals, and increased the speed of corrective actions. The typical LOGCELL group consists of all supply chain stakeholders including: NAVSUP WSS, NAVAIR, Product Support Managers (PSM), Program Managers (PM), Fleet, Commander-Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and original equipment manufacturers. Some of the critical aircraft platforms that have worked the end E2E event are V-22, E-2, F/A-18 E-G, F/A-18 A-D, and H-1 (Y and Z).
The LOGCELL concept was further advanced when NAVSUP WSS installed and prototyped a toolset that expands access and visibility to multiple streams of data and full engagement from the entire team in a virtual environment. The new toolset was used to collaborate between the repair vendor, NORDAM, and the F/A-18 Fleet Support Team to identify and mitigate barriers to production of outer wing panels. NORDAM is now able to complete much of the engineering work internally, increasing speed to execution by reducing total burden to the Navy’s organic Fleet Support Teams by providing engineering analysis in-house while leveraging the relationship with Boeing and proprietary data.
Naval Aviation Platform Transitions
The Navy’s ongoing modernization effort reflects a significant investment in new ships, aircraft, and associated technologies. These transitions present both challenges and opportunities to the current acquisition, fiscal, and industrial landscape, and introduce increased complexity and uncertainty into the domain of weapon systems support. Barriers to success include diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages and obsolescence issues, availability and sufficiency of data rights, overstated reliability forecasts, and compressed acquisition timelines. The onset of data science, additive manufacturing (3-D printing), and rapid prototyping afford opportunities to enhance supply chain effectiveness and improve system sustainability. The ability to use the LOGCELL concept will increase the opportunity to quickly overcome barriers.
Variable Component Sparing Timelines
Every component procurement is unique with regard to the multitude of factors that can influence and extend its sparing timeline. Component sparing requires significant coordination across NAVSUP, NAVAIR, Defense Contract Management Agency, and industry, and timeliness of issue resolution has the potential to impact forecasted delivery dates. “At the end of the day, efficient and effective supply chains are fully transparent to all who use them, which is at the heart of what the LOGCELL concept is achieving,” said Bob Gordon, LOGCELL Director, NAVSUP WSS.